Wednesday, May 28, 2008

[Zebra_Trucks] Fwd: A cry for help from a muscular and nearly nude woman!

I don't know if this has anything to do with the Tropicana or not.  Did The Von Foxies ever play the Tropicana?  I doubt it.  But I think we are all in favor of strong women and want to support them.  Info on how to do that follows PSA numbers 1 and 2, directly below.

Two other notes, with slightly marginally stronger Tropicana connections:

1. I played a radio show in Portland on Saturday with my old friend and Wimps fan Ricardo Wang, and my once alienated, now cheerfully reunited daughter Olivia Love.  You can hear the ramshackle but spirited outcome at:

We did a version of Cast A Shadow modeled closely after the Waiters (my Canadian/Brazilian band) arrangement, and we played Strumpet by Lois.  We double the listeners pleasure on that one by playing it in two keys simultaneously!

Download it for free - good value for your money

2.  My literary efforts, (dwarfed as they are in both size and quality by the work Karen Vargas, Wimp,  is doing - have you followed her career?  Holy Guacamole!), but anyway, back to me - my literary efforts limp on, like a metaphor with a metaphor with a stone in it's hoof. 

Visit and be amazed.

Anybody up for another Tropicana reunion?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Megan White <>
Date: Tue, May 27, 2008 at 8:55 PM
Subject: [seattlecacophony] A cry for help from a muscular and nearly nude woman!
To: Santa List <>


Some of you may have seen Mama Lou: American
Strongwoman perform with The Von Foxies before. Some
of you may even have donned an orange ball crushing
unitard and played her arch nemesis. Well now, Mama
Lou needs our help. Mama has entered a contest, and
enough people watch her You Tube video, she gets
10,000 clams. Thats a lot of money.

So help her out, take five minutes out of your day
watch a stunning woman rip a phone book in half.

Heidi and The Von Foxies

> from mama lou-
>> I was asked to be part of a video contest on
>> - of interesting ways to rip a phone book.
>> The first prize of most watched video; chosen
>> by a pannel is $10,000.
>> I really want $10,000 and am currently in 3rd
>> I haven't asked anyone to watch it until now. Since
>> I'm so close - please - friends, watch my video and
>> send it to your friends. Embed it, watch it,
>> on it, rate it.... until June is over. The winner
>> announced July 1.
>> And really, you could think of a whole lot worse
>> ways to spend June than watching me. Right?
>> with all my love & muscles,
>> Mama Lou: American Strong Woman

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

[Zebra_Trucks] More Spam From The Wimp!

For fans of: Joy Division, Toby Keith, Olympia and Brazilian twee,
especially Beat Happening, train wrecks, rubbernecking automobile
accidents, chasing fire trucks!

To my dear friends, all over the world:

Some of you may be aware that my daughter and I had been alienated for
six years. Some of you may not have even been aware that I am a
parent, so profound was my shame and grief at the role my failures as
a human being and a parent played in the breakdown of this most
important relationship, I may have overlooked mentioning that little
fact to you.

Well, no more! Today I am here full of piss and vinegar to announce
that she and I are back in email contact, and will soon see each other
face-to-face. In fact, I couldn't think of a better way to come back
together than to do a live radio show in Portland, after a single
rehearsal with most (but not all) of a band of musical specialists who
have never played as a unit before, including some of the old songs we
haven't done in a decade or so, and some new songs that have never
been performed live.

Does this sound like a recipe for disaster to you, too? The beginning
of another six years of cold war, maybe? If you like that sort of
thing (and it's a known fact that many homo sapien do like that sort
of thing, a great deal; consider the success of the movies The
Towering Inferno and Titanic, for example), at noon Saturday Pacific
Time - that's 4:00 pm Sao Paulo time, 9:00 PM in Paris, 10:00 PM
Athens (Greece) and 3:00 PM in Athens (Georgia) go to and listen live! (Give or take an hour on
those times, I tried to factor in daylight savings time, but it hurts
my feelings).

For a second opinion on this show, here's unindicted (as yet) musical
co-conspirator Jim McAdams take on the show:

Here's the basic run-down on the Olympia band That Stupid Love
Experience having their reunion on 5/24/08 on What's This Called? with
guest DJ Ferris manning the booth:

That Stupid Love Experience was an experimental indie folk pop group
formed in the late '90s from members of two Olympia bands - That
Stupid Club (an experimental grunge/noise rock group) and The Kelsie
Love Experience (a folk pop group centered around pre-teen and then
teenage prodigy vocalist Kelsie Love). The group name, just like it's
members, came from half of each separate band. While certainly an
all-in-fun agenda prevailed, this was Kelsie's first real "rock" band,
and later she would go on to change her name to Olivia and become
vocalist for the popular NW all-female Black Sabbath tribute group
Pink Sabbath.

It's been ten years since That Stupid Love Experience has played
together and in recent years any sort of reunion seemed completely
impossible as band members Kelsie (now Olivia) and her father Matt
Love had a falling out. Time thankfully is a wonderful healer, and
recently when former vocalist/moog player Ricardo Wang had made plans
to book Matt for a solo set on his KPSU show it came out that Olivia
might sit in. Soon Ricardo was dusty off his trusty moog, and making
calls with the new invention of cellular phones to other former band
members. To avoid a conflict of interest, Ricardo enlisted the help
of KPSU's most noted interviewer DJ Ferris to take over the radio host

Times (and names) have changed, and three quarters of this particular
line-up is now married to new people, with weird things happening in
their lives like careers and children. The group still knows how to
mix covers from the likes of Beat Happening and Joy Division with
originals about schizophrenics and creepy deadhead misogynists,
however. This set is dedicated to Matt Loves good friend and musical
cohort Joe Sibley who took his own life a year ago.


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Friday, May 09, 2008

[Zebra_Trucks] My Dream Summer Vacation...

On Edmonton AM this morning they asked their listeners to describe their dream summer vacation:

I sent them this email:

My Dream Summer vacation... I already had it - last winter! I traveled from Edmonton to Sao Paulo, Brazil, met some long time virtual friends of mine face-to-face the first time, and played a live show at the Bar B club. It was really, really fun and rewarding.

All my friends are envious, and want to go, and it suggests a whole new line of work for me - maybe I shouldn't be telling you this until I get set up, but here goes - you take all of us rock and roll wannabees and never weres, dump them in an exotic location, and et them put on a show with local talent. Combine rock and roll fantasy camps with adventure travel.  I've already done it once, so I know the ropes. 

Summer seems like an ideal time to do it - in winter we went from 40 below to 40 above - it was too much - winters there are mild, so it would be nice to go there during our summer.

here's music from our final rehearsal:
vids of the show:
a radio interview I did there:
click on "Lado C" and scroll down to "Waiters"

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Bossa nova: the coolest sound under the sun

I think Joyce takes a narrow view.  The US-backed dictatorship was monstrous, of course, and certainly put the country on a different track than it would have been on.  Maybe as a result the music is different than it would have been. 

Perhaps without Reagan and Thatcher we would have had 35 unbroken years of prog rock dominance in the US and England.  To some people that would be good.  For lovers of the Sex Pistols and the Clash and all that followed, not so good.

I totally revere the indie rock scene in Brazil.  Check out Lulina at - great songs to listen to, and tons of free downloads if you join (free).  Then check out the thousands and thousands of other bands on the tramavirtual site. 

Brazil has huge problems, but there is also much to be excited about, and not all of it is bossa nova!

On Fri, May 9, 2008 at 7:27 AM, Telstar wrote:

"Bossa nova is a vision of Brazil as it should have been," says the singer
Joyce, who is organising a bossa nova 50th birthday concert at the Barbican
that will feature the style's originators and its new exponents. "We should
have been a wonderful, democratic country. Instead we had 21 years of
military dictatorship, something we are still paying for. So bossa nova
represents a different way of life; a culture more sophisticated than the
one we have today."


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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

[Zebra_Trucks] You gotta see this!

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I saw this page on Dirty Ol Scoundrel Label Acts and thought you might like it. Eventually all my the Bands on the Dirty Ol Scoundrel label will be up there. what appeals to me about this is that anybody can come along and edit anything any way they chose, even anonymously. So if you feel like having a little harmless (or malicious) fun, adding information about the Dirty Ol Scoundrel acts, go to it.


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Monday, May 05, 2008

[Zebra_Trucks] Blind Kiwi Fillmore plays the blues (again).

Check out the new tune 'From Cyberia With Love' at the Blind Kiwi Fillmore site at Soundclick. This particular little morsel is joint project of Blind Kiwi, Lu Flukur, and Ludwig Van Frankenstein of The Frost Heaves.  Other tasty bluze toons by Blind Kiwi there, too...

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"The Most Unwanted Song"

I think the many stylistic shifts and unexpected elements keep it interesting and fun. Of course, the object of the game wasn't really to create unlistenable music, it was to show the absurdity of creating (art or politics or anything else) on the basis of public opinion polls. At least, I think that's the object.  Maybe I should conduct a poll and see what other people think....

Honing in on an idea and not letting go of it for at least several minutes (at least) creates music that's much more unlistenable (and unwanted).

I offer up by way of example a couple of different tracks:

The Professor Builds An Escape Machine by Ernest Youngman at: 

All of these pieces at this site (
are just about unlistenable, but I figure this is about the worst.

I also recommend "Pending Doom" by Pseudojandek at

I'm told it was prepared for a Jandek covers open mic event, and reportedly even hard core Jandek fans got a deer-in-the-headlights look about them and took off.  All the patrons were chased out except for one hardy soul who stayed through the whole thing.

On Thu, Apr 17, 2008 at 5:09 PM, Telstar wrote:

A link to the famous Komar & Melamid track:

"Hiphop tuba plus a soprano rapping about the Old West -- what's not to

I have to download this. I have a track by them on the "Revolutions Per
Minute (The Art Record)" album. On it they teach a classroom of art students
how to say "F*uck Your Mother" in Russian.


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Thursday, May 01, 2008

[Zebra_Trucks] Enjoy the new song by Wayne N Cheeze

Check out this song: 'Stuck' by WayneNCheeze.

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